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On the Cover - Harry Potter has taken me Heory world by storm, and, thanks to a
new movie. The Lord of the Rings has bund a new generation of fans. Certainly, the
stories have similarities, but their woridvtems are dramatically different. Dr. Beth
Impson examines the two tales and draws some concisions from a biblical worldview.
A tale of two worldviewj
by Beth Impwn
My H-year-old son lias just completed J. R. R.
Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books yet again. But while he's
getting his fill of battles and dragons and ores and
elves - the excitement and adventure he loves them
for- his mind and spirit are also being fed crystal-
clear images of good and evil, right and wrong,
mercy and justice: images which I pray will help
form in him the Scriptural values that we are teach-
Tng him as a guide to his daily choices.
While he is enjoying Gandalf and other inhabitants of Middle
Faith, he has not yet met Harry Potter and the other wizards at
In The Two Towers, just before Sam and Frodo enter Mordor,
Saffl says QJ the tales they have heard all their lives that he
used to think people went looking for such adventures. But
now he realizes that "[f]olk seem to have been just landed
in them, usually - their paths were laid that way, as you
put it. But I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of k
turning back, onlv they didn't." Then he realizes they
are actually a part of those same tales and asks.
"Don't the great tales never end?" Frodo replies,
"No. |. . .] but the people in them come, and go
when their part's ended." And at the end of their
adventures, he tells Sam, "I tried to save the
Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It
must often be so, Sam, when things are in
danger: someone has to give them up, lose
them, so that others may keep them."
Here we see much of the appeal of
the Ring books and some of the ways
they reflect a Biblical worldview: each
of us is onlv one actor in a tale that
began long before us and will
Fantasy illustrates the virtues
and vices of human nature. But
what worldviews do those tales
The singing of the Hogwarts
"'Everyone pick their favorite
tune,' said Dumbledore, 'and off we
go!' Everybody finished the song at
different times. At last, only the
Weasley twins were left singing
along to a very slow funeral march.
Dumbledore conducted their last few
lines with his wand and when they
had finished, he was one of those
who clapped loudest. 'Ah, music,' he
said, wiping his eyes. 'A magic
beyond all we do here!'"
Frodo is listening to the Elves
sing in Rivendell: "At first the beauty
of the melodies and the interwoven
words in the Elven-tongue, even
though he understood them little,
held him in a spell, as soon as he
began to attend to them. Almost it
seemed that the words took shape,
and visions of far lands and bright
things that he had never yet imag-
ined opened out before him; and the
firelit hall became like a golden mist
above seas of foam that sighed on
the margin of the world."
probably go on long after our part is over - and it
is up to us to play that part in submission to
the One who created us for it and in
harmony with His laws and with our fellow
actors, even if it requires great sacrifice.
Even the great and powerful wizard,
Gandalf, acknowledges that he is only a
steward, set in Middle Earth for a time
to protect and preserve, if possible, all
that is good and beautiful in it for the
next age, as well as to teach wisdom to
those who will then rule.
Submission to the counsel and commands of
those in authority is essential to the harmony of
Tolkien's tale, as it is in life. As Frodo obeys Gandalf
and accepts the counsel of Elrond and Aragorn, he
grows in wisdom and becomes able to make wise choices
when counsel is no longer available.
Selfish desires and ambitions, on the other hand, cause
various characters to place themselves outside the whole, becom-
ing a law to themselves and thus creating disharmony and evil con-
sequences. Besides Sauron, Saruman is the most obvious example, but
even among those who fight Sauron, delay and grief come about
because of pride: Boromir, for example, tries to take the Ring from Frodo
and the ores kill him and capture Merry and Pippin. As in the true story
of our own world, such evil sometimes results in good - Merry and
Pippin, taken to Fanghorn, rouse the Ents against Saruman. Tolkien d.
not, however, suggest that the good that comes this way mitigates the evil
of the selfish act; it comes only through unnecessary sorrow, pain, and
and it is a gift of grace.
This understanding of our place in the whole is one of many values I
pray my son is imbibing with his repeated readings of the Ring books. I
have been asked why, then, I refuse to let him read J. K. Rowling's Harry
Poller series, which some Christians favorably compare to Tolkien's work,
claiming that Rowling presents the same classic battle between good and
evil. Harry and Albus Dumbledore, the Hogwarts headmaster, are said to
be models of courage and wisdom similar to Frodo and Gandalf, with the
distinct advantage that Harry is an adolescent rather than a miniature
adult. However, placing the characters' actions and motives along-
side Biblical principles clearly reveals a worldview entirely
opposed to truth.
There is little sense of history or purpose in the world of
Harry Potter. Magic power is used mainly to perform all
ordinary tasks such as cooking and cleaning, to play
games like Quidditch, and to deceive others in order to
satisfy individual desires, such as stealing food from
the kitchens or humiliating undesirable classmates. ^ ^
True, die good wizards like Dumbledore and
I larry are opposed to the evil wizards like
Voldemort, but there is no sense of genuine
order or authority, no principles that must
be followed by all to create a harmo-
ty. Rules exist, but are often only
enforced when the rule breaker is caught by a
teacher who doesn't like him. In fact, breaking
rules can bring fantastic rewards if it displays a
special ability, such as when Harry's broom-rid-
ing talent is revealed, or if it saves someone from
great danger, even if that danger came about
because rules were broken in the first place.
Dumbledore, the shaper of the young minds
in his care and thus a key to the books' world-
view, condones and encourages Harry's rule
breaking, not by giving him permission to act
beforehand, but behind the scenes and after the
fact, apparently in order to teach Harry to "think
for himself." Adults, tot), are only bound by rules
arbitrarily. Mr. Weasley's job is to keep wizards
from enchanting Muggle objects, but he does so
himself and asks his children and Harry not to
reveal his hypocrisy. We are clearly meant to
admire Mr. Weasley's easy-going, pleasant nature,
which is opposed to his wife's tense and unpleas-
ant "legalism," just as his fun-loving sons are
opposed to the thoroughly self-righteous, prig-
gish Hermione - who becomes "much nicer" once
she "relaxes" and helps with the rule-breaking.
Rowling presents this attitude toward author-
ity as an acceptable norm, hi the world she has
created, the breaking of legitimate rules is at
worst annoying to those who dislike the rule
breaker, but is generally amusing to everyone else
and .it beat .shows true courage deserving of rich
reward. In the real world, of course, such an atti-
tude and such actions inevitably lead sooner or
Liter to disaster - we need look no further than
the Hall for proof - and Tolkien's world upholds
this truth. Only when illegitimate prohibitions are
made by evil or misguided men may they be bro-
ken, and the legitimate principle they violate
must be clear: Lord Denethor, for example,
has no right to take the life of his son, how-
ever ill he is, and Beregond is right to
prevent him even in defiance of his
commands. However, this would pre-
i elude, one would think, breaking
rules one has been hired to enforce
out of mere curiosity, smuggling dan-
gerous and illegal dragons for one's
friends, and exploring forbidden passages
where three-headed dogs stand guard to kill
all intruders - actions presented as humorous,
loyal, and courageous.
Perhaps the clearest example of the contradic-
tion this philosophy embodies is this: we are
expected to commend Mr. Weasley when he says
he will investigate Malfoy for having enchanted
Muggle objects and have him disciplined for
breaking the law; yet we are to be indignant
when Malfoy exposes Weasley's own such
enchantments and cheer when he is let off. Why?
Weasley apparently can break the law because he
is "nice" and means no harm, but Malfoy should
be punished for it because he is certainly not
"nice" and in the past supported Harry's enemy
Voldemort. There is no standard here by which to
judge good and evil - characters are good or evil
because the author pleases to tell us so by making
them merely pleasant or unpleasant, not right-
eous or unrighteous.
I do not want my son immersing himself in a
world in which Biblical values are turned upside
down, and a philosophy opposed to the truth is
presented so appealingly - what child wouldn't
want to live in a place where he could indulge his
flesh and choose for himself what is right and
wrong? But the world is too much with us as it is,
and fiction works its influence with great subtlety.
At this vulnerable age, when he is only beginning
to learn critical thinking skills, 1 prefer to focus
his reading of fiction on books that clearly uphold
a Biblical worldview; there are plenty of other
venues for lessons in discernment that are less
subtle and easier for a child to grasp.
And so the Haiti/ Potter books will
remain in the library and we will
read C. S. Lewis's space trilogy this
summer, and if he picks up The
Lord of the Rings again, I will be
Dr. Beth Impson is profes-
sor of English at Bryan
and author of Called to
Womanhood (Crossway, i
Wheaton, III., 2001), a
study of feminism and
religion, in 2001.
itheism as a worldview is below the radar screen for most Christians.
Publicly, we get all over the strange ideas of a Richard Gere who challenged us to
have compassion on the nineteen 9/ II terrorists. They are, Gere said, "Creating
such horrible future lives for themselves because of the negativity of this karma."
Or Sam Smith who proclaimed to the Green Party at their conference, "The World
Trade disaster is a globalized version of the Columbine High School disaster. When
you bully people long enough they are going to strike back."
These responses are too easy and it's a good thing. Zeal without knowledge is
the most distinguishing feature of Christian public discussion. We take on Harry
Potter with a vengeance but our shallow understanding of the nature of God's
world limits our thinking to headlines and sound bites. The weightier matters of
true worldview thinking are left untouched. After all, we have the numbers. There
are only about 6,000 members of the American Humanists Association while there
are over 16 million Southern Baptists, eight million Methodists and four million
Presbyterians. We win!
Or do we?
Atheists are complaining that they have been left out of the post-9/11 recov-
ery. Public prayers, hymns, and testimonies drive them nuts. One atheist writer
"It's hard to see the Constitution being broken ami aiwided as readily
and eagerly as it is today. It's physically hurtful to me personally to see
the country use religion as a rallying cry, when our enemy is using the
exact same tool."
The constantly sputtering Richard Dawkins, Oxford professor and atheist, can-
not believe that the attacks caused many to turn to God.
It's tough to be an atheist,
but that means Christians
must be ready to "give an
answer for the hope that is
"Is there no catastrophe," he writes, "terrible enough to shake the faith of
a people, on both sides, in God's goodness and power? No glimmering
realization that he might not be there at all; that we just might be on our
own, needing to cope with the real world like grown-ups?"
The Director of the New Jersey branch of the American Atheists issues this rally-
"Yes, it is now more difficult to be an open atheist than it has been in
decades, and that's saying something. It is also important. I ask everyone
to take a deep breath, shout your atheism from the rooftops, and listen
for echoes of approval and appreciation. If you hear no echoes, shout ^^
Ellen Johnson, President of American Atheists, announced a "March on
Washington for Godless America" being planned for next September 21. The moti-
vating mantra lor the group is "We are free, proud, godless, and on the move."
by Dr. William E. Brown
Becoming an Atheist
I have yet to meet a person who was born an
atheist. I am sure there are some who will claim that
they have never believed in God but every atheist I
talk to has had a moment in time when they "stopped
believing in God." I say this even after a dozen trips to
the former Soviet Union and lecturing to thousands of
atheists. They always say, "We were taught not to
believe in God." Some kindergarten teachers in
Moscow told me that their students always ask ques-
tions about God. One said to me, "1 don't know where
they even hear of the idea of God."
Those who become atheists usually do so for one
of three reasons. The first is the Social Reason: "I don't
what to be associated with those Christians on TV."
They will often name specific Christian celebrities
such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, or "that lady
with the big hair." Christianity in their minds is a
right-wing, evolution-bashing, liberal-trashing, nar-
row-minded group of puritanical activists. Who wants
to be a part of that?
A second reason people turn to atheism is the
Philosophical Reason: "If there is a God, why would He
allow so much suffering in the world?" This is a legiti-
mate challenge. Why has God allowed there to be evil
present in the universe He created? Why doesn't He
stop it? One atheist wrote, "Couldn't God have just
given the hijackers a heart attack or something instead
of killing all those nice people on the plane?" The real-
ity of evil and suffering in the world is a problem for
every worldview but for atheists it is the proof that an
all-good, all-powerful God does not exist.
The third reason for atheist conversions is often at
the heart of the other two. It is the Personal Reason: "I
don't want anybody (particularly a "God") to tell me
how to live." Our desire for autonomy ("self rule")
drives many to promote personal freedom with no
accountability or consequences. Atheists bristle at the
charge that their worldview promotes the belief in no
or low moral standards but they consider it a small
price to pay when the options are religious moralists,
legalists, or the Taliban.
Responding to the
Atheists are proud of themselves. They consider
themselves to be the free-thinking remnant; guided by
reason and focused on the hard reality that we are in
this difficult world all by ourselves.
Atheism has serious philosophical flaws. Where
does the idea of God come from? How about the con-
cept of good and evil? What about the drive to find
meaning and purpose in life? They, of course, respond
that these are all mental habits developed by millions
of years of evolutionary processes and have nothing to
do with reality. They are the baggage of being at the
top of the evolutionary heap.
The existence of the universe, the evidence of
design, the nature of human personality and thought,
etc., can easily be seen to support the existence of a
Creator. Atheists must explain these evidences in
terms of naturalistic evolution
In fact, they have no choice but to constantly
appeal to their naturalistic worldview because that is
what forms the answers to all their questions. Their
worldview tells them that all that exists is the physical
world. So before they even start to answer questions
about life, they have thrown God out as an option. No
wonder they don't understand Christian thought!
The last thing we as Christians should do is sit
back and cluck our tongues at the difficult plight of
atheists today. In fact, there will probably be a back-
lash against religion in the near future focusing on the
civil rights of atheists and the negative consequences
of religious extremists. It would be a tragedy if people
actually believed the atheist naive teaching that all
religions are the same and therefore dangerous.
The call for us is to continue to grow in our
understanding of the different worldviews and live in
such a way that the Christian life is compelling. We
struggle not only with atheists but other religions who
create a "god" in their image (radical Muslims, etc.)
and professing Christians who use the truth as a polit-
ical weapon or personal bludgeon. We must always
live in such a way as to give credence to the truth of
Christ, "always being ready to give an answer for the
hope that is within you" (1 Peter 3:15).
Then maybe the atheists can distinguish the false
religions from the truth of Christ.
And mavbe then they will embrace Him.
And maybe then they won't have such a hard time.
Sarah Martin, left.
David Dahlke. Laura
Luster and Bethany
their graduation as
well as David's
walking across the
stage to receive his
diploma. David, gen-
erally confined to a
with crutches during
the ceremony to the
cheers - and not a
few tears - of class-
mates and friends.
The change that graduation represents has rarely been as real for a Bryan
College class as it was for the Class of 2002.
Bryan President Dr. Bill Brown told class members, their families, and friends
during Vespers before graduation, "This class saw more changes than any class in
the history of Bryan College, mostly physical changes. When they started, they
were eating in the Administration Building, where Kurt Wise has his office now.
The library was there, the Lion's Den. It was all in one big building."
Because of rain, the graduation ceremony was moved from the Triangle lawn
into Rudd Auditorium. The changes seen by the class were even reflected in the
ceremony - those without a ticket to Rudd's limited seating watched the pro-
gram on video monitors in the dining room. The cafeteria opened in the spring
Special guests were Golden Graduates, members of the Class of 1952, who
were honored with their own reunion during the weekend, and were presented
Golden Anniversary diplomas.
One-hundred-twenty-six seniors received a total of 128 degrees, as two grad-
uates, Jenny Bradshaw and Sam Kostreva, each earned BA and BS degrees. And
of the 126 graduates, 74 received their degrees with honors.
Kicking off the graduation weekend was the Senior Vespers service.
Jonathan Mobley acknowledged the academic education the class has received -
"I believe this has been done very well. But there are life lessons I will take
away with me as well."
Kelly Braun-Duin said, "The greatest thing about Bryan is that it has been a
home away from home. We have learned to make choice after choice."
Jonathan Urquhart related how he came to Bryan as an unbeliever, attracted
in Physical Plant Director Roger Simmons received his diploma
77 President Dr. Bill Brown as Registrar Janet Piatt, left, and Trustee
Chairman Glenn Stophel look on. Roger was one of 13 graduates from
the ASPIRE degree completion program.
by the love and concern he saw in the faculty and staff.
"The summer after my junior year, I was dating a girl,
visiting her in Pennsylvania. One day, everything just
clicked. I said, 'right now, I need to do this (accept Christ
as Savior). I have a future now."
During the Golden Grad dinner before vespers, Alumni
Association representative Jonathan Fickley, '86, reminded
members of the Class of 1952 that "buildings come and go.
What makes Bryan a great place is that the college has
maintained the commitment to graduating people who, in
their lives, want to keep 'Christ Above All.'"
Welcoming family and friends to graduation, Board of
Trustees Chairman Glenn Sophel acknowledged changes
of the past several years. "Many things change. We praise
i God for what does not change: 'Christ Above All,' a mis-
sion of educating students to make a difference."
Following tradition, three graduates delivered com-
mencement addresses. Sarah Martin, a history major,
brought chuckles when she reminded classmates that, at
Bryan, the answer to puzzling questions is "worldview." But
"worldview" is more than an academic exercise, she said. It
is a way to introduce men and women to Jesus Christ
"At Bryan, we have learned about the worldviews
prominent in our world; we have learned different ways
that individuals view ultimate truth and the purpose and
meaning of life. As we leave Bryan, the worldviews that
we have learned about will no longer be considered in
the context of chapel or the classroom; worldviews will
have faces, and these are the faces we are called to love
and to share life with."
Sarah Martin and Jared Jones received the PA. Boyd Prize one of the
highest Honors awarded by the college, during commencement The
prize recognizes students' character. leadership, and influence among
Adam Parker, a business major, encouraged graduates
spend their lives building the Kingdom of God. "My
hallenge to you, my classmates, is to catch God's greater
ision for His kingdom, discover how your gifts and
aining can be used to further that vision, and, once you
ave put your hand to the plow, never look back. A life
ved in this way can be no less than richly abundant and
And Cheryl Millsaps, representing the ASPIRE
degree completion program, urged the class to consider
how to live, not what they will do.
Looking back to the heroic actions of police, fire, and
rescue personnel on Sept. 11, 2001, Mrs. Millsaps said,
"Their actions were the same actions they had quietly
performed without recognition countless times before. It
was not the fact that people performed in unusual ways
that day that made them seem courageous, but that they
responded in ordinary ways in the face of extraordinary
"But each right decision made under ordinary circum-
stances prepares us to make the right decision when
extraordinary circumstances occur. Those are the times
when there is no time to ponder or even pray, when we act
instinctively, based on the internal value system we have
built during a lifetime of making ordinary decisions." Mil
ng graduation ceremonies
y. Pictured, from left, seated, are Al Levengood. Joyce
.~ngood. lona Hams. David Naff. Robert 'Tex' Williams,
and Charles Koontz Standing are Director of Alumni
Ministries Brett Roes. President Dr Bill Brown. Alan Jewett.
-~atrl Momnr O^Kin kt^l « M ., l*u.__ ,-.. ( . .-
Clifford Hanham. Sarah Lemp. RuthMane
'ingham. Ruth Hookey, and Alumni Association repre-
tative Jonathan Fickley. 86.
7.2 years or
It has been said that Americans know the
cost of everything and the value of nothing. In
this era of ATM's and on-line trading, our
attention seems to have drifted from much of
the wisdom of previous generations. This is
especially true concerning things like the rela-
tionship between money, value, appreciated
assets, and stewardship.
In a recent article in Stewardship Digest,
Frank Paterson suggests, "If we measure value
by ownership, any time we pay taxes or give
money away, we become worth less. But if we
understand that the only value of anything is
the 'ability to use it,' then if we pay taxes
today, we give up the use of that money for
our lifetimes, and possibly into our family's
The "rule of 72" is a good way to under-
stand this. To understand how long it takes for
an asset to double in value, we simply divide
72 by the interest rate. For example, $1 will
become $2 in 7.2 years at 10 percent (a figure
accurate over the past 70 years) compounded
If we pay $100,000 in capital gains taxes
today, or in estate taxes when we die, that
$100,000 would equal $200,000 in 7.2 years or
$400,000 in 14.4 years.
When a 65-year-old person (who has a 25-
year life expectancy) pays $100,000 in capital
gains tax, that individual actually gives up an
estate value of over $800,000, the value of that
$100,000 compounded over life expectancy.
Patterson goes on to say, "It is difficult for
the person who does not understand this prin-
ciple of value to comprehend the benefits of a
charitable trust. With the charitable trust, an
individual can transfer the value of the trust
asset to family and transfer a like value to a
charitable organization at the time of death.
And this can be accomplished while retaining
equal or greater amounts during the donor's
The second use of this concept is a charita-
ble lead trust established at the time of death to
avoid estate taxes. If we pay estate taxes to the .
federal government, we lose its use. But if we '
give a charitable organization the use of that
money, given sufficient time, the use of it will
always equal the value of the assets trans-
As you can see, it doesn't take a $500,000
gift to accomplish $500,000 worth of ministry.
In fact, what you may think is a relatively
insignificant amount of money, given time, can
make a huge impact for the Kingdom of God in
the educational ministry of Bryan College.
Charitable remainder trusts and gift annu-
ities are wonderful vehicles for individuals
who have assets that produce little or no
income, and, if they were to be sold, would
incur capital gains tax. You may even consider
something as simple as including Bryan
College in your will.
I hope that you will be encouraged to see
estate planning as an act of worship and that
you would consider your estate plan as a
viable means of supporting the ministry of
Bryan College. There are multiple other tools
and vehicles available to aid you in your stew-
ardship plan. If you would like help in obtain-
ing any of these benefits please call Jim Barth ^
at 1-800-55-BRYAN. Ml
HAZEL (WALLER) CARL-
SON, '43, continues to trans-
late the Bible. Hazel is work-
ing with the Burma transla-
tion on the hook of Job.
SUMNER WEMP, '45X, and
his wife, Celeste, reside in
Dallas, Texas. Sumner minis-
rs to over 2,000 people in
fewer 35 countries via e-mail
and would be glad to have
alumni and others sign on for
e-mails. Subscribe at
SWEMP@aol.com or you can
visit his website at www.sum-
nerwemp.com to see what is
HAZEL GEIGER, '47, is a
retired teacher but works as a
volunteer at S. Bryan Jennings
Elementary in Florida. Hazel
was honored for her volun-
teer work of nine sears at SBJ.
IAN, '50, and JUNE (BELL),
'51, HAY, celebrate their
wedding anniversary at the
SIM Retirement Center with
more that 100 guests. Five
family members are Bryan
alumni and joined them for
the festivities, including BOB,
'86, and AMY (BECKHAM),
7, HAY; LARRY, '76, and
■rTRENDA (HAY), '76, KEL-
LEY; '76; and LORREL KEL-
/>/. tared in
writes her way to romance
Training tomorrow s teachers may have earned M
Stewarl ! alumni, but
Regency and inspirational romances h n her a name
known fax beyond Bryan Hill.
Mar.. i education since L994, has
published nine Regency romance novels four Regencj novel-
las and two inspirational romances since 1992, when she real-
ized her childhood dream and hai
"I have ed to read," she said. "In fourth grade I
made my first little book \ 1 1 « ■ ■ f jraduated [fro eLl
decided to tn to w rite children's I I with children's stories. 1 was rejected
right away I tl tod doesn'l want me to write I didn't understand that rejections
happen to an author.
"In 1992, when I finished m energized. I thought that to live my
life without writing 1 be disappointing tn) Eirsl Regency - it took about
a year. I was fortunate to hi il it had been rejected 1 probably would
have stopped w riting."
Eight Regenq romances followed - stories set in the English Regency period oi the early
Century - then two inspirational romances in contemporary setting
Marcy said her attachment to the Regency romance came while she was a student at
Bryan. "On Saturday mornings my roommate, fudy rriplett Fritts, ('71 1, and I would read
ndes and bake pizzas, I enjoyed the escape, the sweetness of the romances, the histori-
cal element of the Regency period. Rial whole era appealed to me; As she began writing
her romances. "I was interested to see it I could publish with a secular publisher and still be
wholesome, still get the message through about moralit) and ( .o^i "
Although writing is a love - as well as a challenge - in her life, Marcv occasional!) tells
aspiring authors that "you need a day job as well." I ler da\ job in the Bryan education
irtmenl allows her to pass on her experience as a classtoom teacher to new generations
She taught in public schools in Rhea County for five years, including a stint as a traveling
music teal her for lour elemental \ •, hools. The experience she gained then gave her some
practical insights ■ s ( >me of which aren'l found in most education textbooks - to pass along
to her students.
Her experience in the public si ; I introduced her to her husband, Dr. Ken
Froemke, '68. I married in 1972, and adopted a son. Brad in 1980.
\oi mil \ was Bryan College intluenti.il in hei education, her time at the college helped
Sotidif] hei spiritual foundation. The spiritual em; - inspirational tor the rest Ol m\
she said. "Il channeled me in directions I don't think I would have gone it I hail gone to
I ular university."
One thing she has taken with her is a firm conviction thai "( tod is good. That seems to be
confirmed time and lime again, been tin. nigh I .od works for good
and gives you grace for each situation
Members ol the Hay family include, Iran
left, front. JUNE (BELL) HAY. 5 1; AMY
(BECKHAM) HAY. 87; and BRENDA
(HAY) KFIIFY. 76. Back. IAN HAY. 50;
BOB HAY. '86; LARRY KELLEY 76.
and LORREL KELLEY. 07x
PAUL, '50x, and ELAINE
(KENNARD), '47, SYERS,
.is missionaries to
Brazil. Paul and Elaine are
celebrating 50 \ ears ol min-
istry .mii thank everyone tor
theft prayers and support
RUTH JOY (SEL-
TEN RIGHT) GULLEY, *53x,
serves as a missionary to
Kiev, Ukraine. Ruth i
teacher al the New I lope
JOYCE (BUICE),'70x, and
John LARRABEE serve as
missionaries through Baptist
Mid-Missions to Brazil, South
America. Joyce and John plan
to travel to the United States
for three months this summer.
HAROLD HARRIS, '72,
and his wife, Judith, reside in
Hendersonville, Tenn. Harold
is pastor of White's Creek
Community Church in
GENE, 74x, and LYNN
(PUFFER), '73, JORDAN,
serve with Mission Aviation
Fellowship. Gene has
assumed responsibilities as
MAF's vice president of per-
GEE-GEE (GOAD) YATES,
'75, and her husband, Dan,
reside in Grand Prairie, Texas.
They recently adopted a son,
Christopher Daniel. Gee-Gee
is a fifth grade teacher at
Berry Elementary School.
PUGYAO, '75, and her hus-
band, Nard, serve as mission-
aries to Alaska with Wycliffe
Bible Translators. Sandy and
Nard recently celebrated 25
years of marriage and 25
years with Wvcliffe.
THOMAS SMITH, JR., '75,
and Alice Skelton were mar-
ried March 16. Thev live in
MASTIN ROBESON, '76,
has been promoted to
brigadier general in the
United States Marine Corps.
Mastin was chosen as a top
performer and was cited for
leadership, initiative, and mil-
itary bearing. Mastin is
assigned to the 4" 1 Marine
Expeditionary Brigade, Camp
DREW, '76, and CANDIE
(DAVIS), '77x, BLANKMAN
reside in Orlando Park, III.
They have three children, Jeff,
Anne, and Jamie. Drew is an
editor at InterVarsity Press.
KEN BAKER, '76, and his
wife, Gwen, serve as mission-
aries to Niger Republic with
SIM-USA. Ken and Gwen
have three children, David,
Mil helle, and ( atherine
SHERWOOD, '76, and her
husband, John, serve with
UFM International in Brazil.
John has been asked to serve
as vice president for interna-
tional ministries, overseeing
the world ministry teams.
John and Rachael have two
children, Charissa and Pete.
STEVE, '76, and MARCIA
(KRICK), '78x, STRAUSS
work with SIM-USA where
Steve is director. They have
three children: Cara, Mark,
and David, and live in Tega
Steve and Marcia Strauss. Cara,
Mark, and David.
ROBERT PETERSON, '78,
is an educator, journalist, and
political activist who has
authored more than 1,000 arti-
cles. His work appeared in
The National Review, The
Freeman, World, and Human
Events, to name just a few. He
is the founder and headmas-
ter of The Pilgrim Academy in
Egg Harbor, N.J. He has pub-
lished several books including
In His Majesty's Sewice and
Patriots, Pirates and Pimys.
TIM, '79, and JULIE
(WRIGHT), '80, SAWYER,
reside in St. Cloud, Fla.,
where Tim is a senior chap-
lain in (he Florida
Department of Corrections.
MARK GARRETT, '80, and
his wife, Candy, serve as mis-
sionaries to Thies, Senegal.
They have four children,
Kathryn, Bryan, Ethan, and
Anne. The Garretts are back
in the States seeking to
reassemble and re-energize
their prayer support team.
Mark and Candy Garrett, Kathryn,
Bryan. Ethan, and Anne.
DAVE, '81, and KATHY
(DAY), '82, CLASSENS reside
in Brighton, Mich., where
Dave is pastor of Ore Creek
Community Church. Dave
and Kathy lead small groups
during the week. The couple
has three children, Christina,
14; Kelly, 11; and Kyle, 8.
DON LARSON, '81, and
Cathy Johnson were married
Feb. 2. Bryan friends who
attended the wedding includ-
ed MURPHIE LOCKHART,
'82; JON TUBBS, '81;
SUZANNE MICHEL, '81;
RON RUARK, '80; PATTIE
(DAVIS) WOLFE, '79; and
JIM WOLFE, '78.
for prayer as they feel the
Lord leading them to move to
another MAF ministry.
JERRY and CINDY
both '84, serve as missionaries
with Wycliffe Bible
Translators in Papua New
Guinea. They have three chil-
dren, Nathan, Ryan, and
Leslie. Jerry manages the
media department and does
music recordings for language
groups. Cindy is works in the
Bryan alumni at Don and Cathy Larson's wedding included, from left,
MURPHIE LOCKHART. 82; JON TUBBS, 'SI; SUZANNE MICHEL, '81;
RON RUARK. '80: PATTIE (DAVIS) WOLFE. 79: and JIM WOLFE, 78.
DALE, '82, and JENNIFER
(OAKE), '82x, SMITH reside
in Rockford, 111., where Dale is
pastor of Grace Reformed
Baptist Church of Rockford.
RICHARD, 83x, and KIM-
BERLY (FIORD, '83, PARKER,
serve as missionaries to Brazil
through Word of Life. They
have two sons, Matt and Greg.
'83x, and her husband, David
DEAVER, announce the birth
of their third child, Daniel, on
Aug. 15, 2001. Daniel joins
brother Benjamin and sister
Lauren. The family resides in
Edgewater, Md. Yvonne and
David both work for the U.S.
Coast Guard Headquarters.
RYLE, '84, and her husband,
Greg, serve as missionaries to
Mali, Africa, with Missionary
Aviation Fellowship but ask
KOENIG, '84, and her hus-
band, Brad, serve as missionar-
ies to Cameroon, West Africa
Brad was able to write his fir^r
sermon in Esimbi and then
deliver it in church. They are
working on translating the
Bible into the Esimbi language.
GARY, '85, and DEANNA
(FLORES), '86, ELLISON,
serve as missionaries to
Mexico City. Gary and
Deanna have two children,
Nathan and Rebekah. This
year, the Lord has provided
them with a building to start
the Iglesia Bautista el
Calvario. With much prepara-
tion and hard work the Lord
sent 40 people to the first
Sunday service and 16 joined.
Also, they are excited about
the 527 people that the Lord
sent to attend the home edu-
cation conference in Mexico.
BOB, '86, and AMY (BECK-
HAM), '87, HAY, serve as
missionaries to Japan. Bob is
developing SEND Japan's
short-term missions program
and Amy teaches English to
the Japanese people. .^
SANDY (KUHN) ETIEM-
BLE, '86, and her husband,
Maurice, announce the birth
of Reece, on June 8, 2001. The
Etiemble family lives in Largo,
Fla. Sandy is the marketing
.d business development
^manager for an engineering
firm and Maurice is in the
Coast Guard and is the cap-
tain of the United States Coast
Guard Cutter VISE out of St.
Sandy. Maurice, and Reece Etiemble.
JOHN PATTON, '87, and
his wife, Ruth, serve as mis-
sionaries to Spain. John and
Ruth are beginning the
church planting process, mak-
ing friends, sowing the seed,
witnessing, and obtaining an
outreach facility in Alcala.
PAT RYAN, '87, and his
wife, Martha, reside in Dallas,
Texas. They have two chil-
dren, Rebecca and Rachel. Pat
is technical manager with
Sherwin-Williams in Dallas.
BEN CRANDALL, '88, is in
the United States Navy and is
assigned to the Naval
Hospital in Okinawa, Japan.
RICHARDSON, '88, and her
husband, Dennis, serve as mis-
sionaries in Anchorage, Alaska.
They have three children,
Elizabeth, Sara, and Seth.
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Dennis and Celesta Richardson,
Elizabeth. Sara, and Seth.
RAUL, '88, and TARA
(BUCKLEN), '89, CRUZ have
finished 41/2 years at
Cheyenne Hills Church. They
are in the process of raising
support to plant a church in
Laramie, Wyo., committed to
reaching unchurched people.
ALAN, '89, and BETH
(HANNA), '91, MCMANUS,
continue lo raise support for
full-time ministry in Mexico.
They have a new addition to
the family. Joining big brother
Cameron is Dayton Isaiah,
born Aug. 11, 2001.
Beth and Alan McManus. Dayton
KEN, 89, and AMY
(EZELL), '90, CLEAVER
reside in Highwood, III., with
their three children, Sarah, 7;
Gabrielle, 4; and Benjamin, 1.
Ken just received his Ph.D.
degree in Historical Theology
from Trinity Evangelical
Ken and Amy Cleaver, Sarah,
Gabrielle. and Benjamin.
KEVIN, '89, and SHERRI
MANGUM serve with the
youth ministry in Tupelo,
Miss., at First Evangelical
Church. Kevin and Sherri
have four children: Joshua, 8;
Joel, 6; Aaron, 3; and Anna
INGRID (KREIN), '90, and
Steve MORRIS announce the
birth of their third child,
Noah Demetri, on March 26.
Noah joins big brother Elijah
and big sister Isabella. The
family resides in
MARK and LADONNA
(ROBINSON) OLSON, both
'90, announce the birth of
their son, Joshua Caleb, on
March 2. Joshua joins brothers
Daniel and James and sister
Sarah. Mark is pastor of New
Life Community Baptist
Church in Evensville, Tenn.
JAMES PROUT, '92, and
his wife, Denise, reside in
Huntsburg, Ohio. James is a
business development man-
ager for Kings Medical Co.
They have four children,
Hannah, Sarah, Trent, and the
latest addition to the family,
Abigail, born on April 6.
MARK, '92, and DENISE
(STOKES), '92x, SMITH
reside in New Orleans. Mark
received his Ph.D. degree in
political science from the
University of Georgia and is a
visiting professor of political
science at Tualne University.
Denise is a stay-at-home
mother to Caleb Ronald
Montgomery, the third mem-
ber of the Smith family.
NAVRATIL, '93, and her hus-
band, Mark, announce the
birth of their son, Skyler
Orion, on June 17, 2001,
Kathleen is enjoying the
opportunity to stay home with
Skyler. The famil) resides in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Kathleen, Mark, and Skyler Navralil
TIM MCINTOSH, '94. left, and his
sister. CARISSA (MCINTOSH)
CRAVEN. 96x. right, recently met
BRYAN. '96. and AMY (BELK) ECK.
'97. for dinner in New York, where
Bryan is director ot Family. Ybuth,
and Children's Programs at the
Cross Island YMCA of New York.
'95, and her husband. I VI
COTHRAN, reside in
Ooltewah, Tenn Brenda and
Del have three children,
loshua, Lydia, and the newest
addition. I a red Michael, born
MATT, '95, and RENAE
(SPEICHINGER), '97, MAR-
CUS, announce the birth of
then daughter. McKinzie
on March 18 Marl is the
information l. -<-r\
ices i oordinator for I )ayton
i. ii\ Schools and an adjunct
facult) for Br) an College.
Rehires of the Marcuses can
be seen On their ue!
http: / ' malt daytom it) net.
Matt, Renae. and McKinzie Marcus.
ALAN SMITH, '97, and
Marinda Osboume were mar-
ried April 20. Alan and
Marinda reside in I ortson, ( ia.
CARL DIEBOLD, '97, i\\K\
KEN CONRAD, '98x, won a
Dove award for the I
Form Musk \ idea during the
2002 Dove Awards. (See
www.doveav\ aid--. com)
PHILIP, '97X, and
CHRISTY (TILLY), '97.
PREVVETTE reside in [ackson,
Miss. Philip •ini.l Christy have
one daughter. Talia Carinne
J A NET. (SHAFER), '99, and
ke\ in VARNER were mai ried
•l fhe couple
resides in Chattanooga where
|anel is a teacher.
JOSHUA BEELER, '99,
resides in Serierville, Tenn
[oshua is a i ounselor's assis-
tant at \\e, us Valley Ranch.
TIM, '00, and CHRISTAL
(ELORES), '01, MURPHEY
named Oct. 20, 2001.
I mi and I lirist.il reside in
Michigan City, Ind.
DEBORAH KINNEY, '00x,
mm.\ loshua Rodda were married
March 30. Deborahand loshua
reside in Spring Qty, Tenn.
MICAH and JUDI (TOLIV-
ER) ODOR, both '01, wen'
married April 20. Micah and
1 1 id i reside in Las Vegas, Nev.
Herman and Bea Wolter were
named Honorary Alumni during
commencement weekend in May.
The Wollers, parents of alumnus
Rudy Wolter, '79. have been long-
time supporters of the college, and
Mr Wolter has worked for many
years for the college Advancement
Department. Mrs. Wolter has served
as pianist for First Baptist Church in
Atlanta, near their home in Marietta.
Ga. Brett Roes, left, director of
alumni ministries, made the presen-
tation during a dinner for the Golden
Graduates of 1952.
With the Lord
MORRING, '39x, passed ^
away April 2. She is survived
by her husband, JAMES, '38x.
CURTIS DEAN PIPER, '53,
passed away Feb. 10, in
Arroyo Grande, Calif. He is
survived by his wife, HELEN
(LANDPHAIR) PIPER, '55.
David Wilson passed away
|an. 6. He is survived by his
wife, VIVIAN (JEWETT)
Andrew Fortier, husband of
LELSIE (STONE) FORTIER,
'64, passed away Aug. 24,
JOHN EDWARDS, '73x,
passed away Nov. 22, 2001 .
He is survived by his wife,
New Academic Vice President
Dr. Calvin While. Formerly vice president for enrollment serv-
ices at Sterling (Kan.) College, has been named academic vice
president at Bryan, succeeding Dr. David Masoner, who is mot -
ing to the new position of senior vice president
Dr. While spent 1 3 years as an associate professor of music at
Northwest College in Kirkland. Wash, before beginning work in
enrollment management. In 2000, he moved to McPherson
College as assistant director of admissions and financial aid, and
was named director ol admissions in April 2001 l.alei lhal year
he moved to Sterling as \ ice president for enrollment sen ices
Dr. \\ hire earned the Ph.D. degree in mustcolog) liom the
University of Washington, where he also earned Ins master's
degree in music theory. He earned his
bachelor's degree in sacred music from
Central Bible College in Springfield,
"I enjoy academic policy work and
committees, and feel strongly about
quality in the teaching-learning process
in Christian higher education." he said.
"I think the academic vice president has
a wonderful opportunity to have influ-
ence in these areas, and that this next stage of my ministry is a
natural outgrowth for my strengths and experiences."
He pointed out thai Bryan's management, quality of education,
and "solid commitment to the Bible and a Christian worldview"^^
were important factors attracting him to the college.
I le and his wife, Debby. were to move to Dayton in late June
I hey are the parents of a daughter. Amy, who is a Ph.D. candi-
date in English at the University of Tennessee- Know i I le.
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Needs to Know
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OR APPLY ONLINE TODAY
Bryan College • Office of Admissions • P.O. Box 7000 • Dayton, TN 37321 • email@example.com
Men's and Women's
Alumni vs, varsity soccer
under the lights
Alumni vs. varsity basketball .
Men's ^H^fc M
Alumni vs. varsity baseball under the
lights in the new baseball stadium
Alumni vs. varsity volleyball
Cluster reunion for Class of 1952 and earlier
45th Class of '57 • 40th Class of '62 • 35th Class of '67
30th Class of 72 • 20th Class of '82 • 15th Class of '87
10th Class of '92 • 5th Class of '97 • 1st Class of 2002
Cluster Reunion for the Classes of '99, '00, '01, and '03, '04, '05
Alumni Choir and Chamber Singers reunion and perform anc
Celebration 2002 with Dr. Brown
Naming opportunity celebrations
Alumni worship service
...and many more activities.
JMark your Calendar for
Homecoming Celebration 2002
We are anticipating thousands of alumni returning to the brand new Bryan
College campus. This will be your best opportunity yet to see such a large
number of your friends all in one place.
Our Commitment to Our Alumni: If you make the effort to be here-
. \ -It will be well worth it!
Here are some of the events:
Major League Baseball's fireworks show
in the Grassy Bowl
Alumni Advisory Council annual meeting
Veggie Town Bible School for ages K4-5th
Grade 17.5 hours of free time
for mom and dad)
Alumni and varsity sports banguet
Builders Commission banquet
Alumni golf tournament
Be looking for your registration packet to arrive in your mailbox soon. See you in October!
P.O. Box 7000,
Dayton, TN 37321-7000